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Contamination vs. Mycelia: What's the Difference?
    #3925182 - 03/16/05 01:37 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I've tried to find an answer to this question, but I couldn't. Perhaps that's because I'm a newbie. Also, please remeber that this is my first attempt. I'm still learning! Anyway, here goes...

I wanted to try a singular casing for the hell of it. Since I'm not familiar with what they look like, I'm wondering if the whispy, white stuff growing out of the casing is mold and not mycelium. It doesn't have that threaded apprearance that I saw in the jars. It's sort of cloud-like in structure.

Now, is this contamination or mycelia? What are the characteristics of each and how can you spot the difference? Sorry I couldn't post a picture. My camera's broken right now, but I can as soon as it's fixed. If is is contamination, do I throw it out and start again? Any imput you can provide will be most helpful.


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Re: Contamination vs. Mycelia: What's the Difference? [Re: Oval]
    #3925368 - 03/16/05 02:32 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Mycelium is just what comes first. Molds have mycelium too. The difference is...we want ONE mycelium, the kind were trying to grow. If you have any thing else in there, be it another mushroom mycelium, mold, or bacteria...then its contamination. Contamination is something growing besides what you want to grow.

Contamination=toss. White=good. Other colors or sour smell=contamination.

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